March 2011 Newsletter
March Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month
With spring in the air, many of us are focusing on outdoor activities and ways to improve our health; it’s the perfect time to look into treatment for those painful and unsightly varicose veins. While you may think varicose veins are just unattractive, you may be overlooking one of the signs of a more serious issue, DVT. Learn more about vein disease and treatment options, or continue reading for specific information about DVT.
What Is DVT?
According to the Venous Disease Coalition, “DVT occurs when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in the large veins of the legs or pelvic area. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, the majority of DVT’s are not life threatening.” However, a blood clot that forms in a deep vein is more life threatening than a clot that forms in the visible veins directly beneath your skin. A clot that forms in the large, deep veins is more likely to break free and travel through the vein, which could cause a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition if not immediately diagnosed and treated.
Visible varicose veins are just one possible indication of DVT and vein disease. Take a few minutes to learn more about vein disease. If you think you’re at risk, contact a physician near you for an examination.
DVT Awareness And Diagnosis
Diagnosis of DVT should be performed by a medical specialist who is trained to look at a number of factors. Below is a list of common symptoms that should raise a flag for immediate diagnosis, although some DVTs are painless and do not result in any symptoms.
- Leg fatigue
- Swelling in one or both legs
- Pain or tenderness
- Visible surface veins
Visit our site to explore a detailed list of symptoms. If you experience any of the symptoms, notify your doctor immediately. Our Physician Locator can assist you in finding your nearest vein specialist.